Independent Reviewing Officer/CP Chair
The Enfield Safeguarding and Quality Service has recently been expanded and we are looking to appoint two full time Independent Reviewing Officer/Child Protection Conference Chairs.
In Enfield, IROs are expected to deliver on all aspects of the Independent Reviewing Officer Handbook, chairing reviews for looked after children and young people, chairing child protection conferences. You will liaise closely with social work teams through consultation and have oversight of progression of plans for children. You will work closely with the Local Authority Designated Officer and at times cover the role and support the quality assurance and audit function.
These posts provide an exciting opportunity to influence the delivery of good social work practice and promote positive outcomes for children and young people in our care. This is an excellent opportunity to become a part of an established, talented and highly supportive service, who have a passion for ensuring children receive the best care and support possible. We pride ourselves on our supportive team culture and our willingness to embrace learning to improve our knowledge, practice and outcomes for the families we are working with.
You will have a pivotal role in quality assurance and the opportunity to contribute and make a difference to improving outcomes for children. We are looking for highly skilled, forward thinking professionals who are motivated and promote high standards of care and support to children who are looked after by the Local Authority and children subject to child protection plans.
You should have post-qualifying experience of children and family social work including experience in child protection and planning for looked after children and substantial management experience in statutory social work with children and families. Experience in chairing complex meetings and a good working knowledge of childcare legislation is required. The successful candidates will have excellent communication and leadership skills.
We use the Signs of Safety tool to inform our care planning, the hybrid model for child protection conferences, face to face meetings for looked after reviews, and moving towards pre-Covid arrangements for both child protection conferences and looked after reviews.
You are required to hold a relevant social work qualification and registered with SW England.
For an informal discussion, please contact Maria Anastasi, Head of Service, on 020 8132 0373 or 07908139506 or Andreas Kyriacou, Service Manager, Phone: 0208 1320369, Mobile: 07958 662072.
Enfield’s Social Care Centre of Excellence confirms our commitment to creating and maintaining an environment for new and existing staff to be the best and deliver high quality social work to our most vulnerable children and young people. It brings our recruitment, professional development and support into the one portal for social care staff to see what we have to offer and how we are supporting them to continue to learn and develop on a professional basis. For more information please visit https://new.enfield.gov.uk/centreofexcellence/about-us/
“This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment”.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications have been received. Therefore, we advise that you complete fully and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Why it's great to work for Enfield Council:
- An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
- Up to 31 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service. You will also get eight public holidays per year and an extra day off at Christmas.
- A blend of remote and office based working for most roles.
- Interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months.
- Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods.
- Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family.
- Health and leisure discounts and tax-free bikes for work.
- 1 month paid sabbatical for Children’s Social Workers
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If you have previously applied for this role within the past 6 months, unfortunately, a second application will not be considered.
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